TrackOpt

Consistent ladle tracking for optimisation of steel plant logistics and product quality

The RFCS project TrackOpt will implement automated ladle tracking systems to ensure consistent factory-wide tracking of the product from steelmaking via casting to delivery.

TrackOpt

Consistent ladle tracking for optimisation of steel plant logistics and product quality

The RFCS project TrackOpt will implement automated ladle tracking systems to ensure consistent factory-wide tracking of the product from steelmaking via casting to delivery.

Objectives

TrackOpt is a pilot and demonstration project aiming at designing, deploying and validating an automated tracking of ladles in harsh steelworks environment. Accurately following ladle position will provide mandatory input data for projects on digitalisation (“Industry 4.0”). As part of the project the ladle tracking system will be used to optimise ladle logistics during both smooth production conditions and in case of sudden disturbances in production plan with the goals to maintain safety and increase factory output.

Results

The outcome of the project is the validation of a "Industry 4.0" concept for the steel industry combining

  • reliable steel wide ladle tracking
  • data gathering and analysis of all ladle events
  • constant optimisation both in smooth and unexpected conditions

Value added

For the steel-making industry, the project is a key step to improve their "Industry 4.0" readiness thanks to increased monitoring and control they will get on the flow of ladles. It will reduce risk of costly errors and increase reactiveness, flexibility and productivity of the plant.

For CETIC, the project will help showcasing the ability of our optimisation tools to deal with on-line problems.